Study tips

Practical study tips all in one place.

  • Have your own study space with a comfortable chair.
  • Use a laptop that is able to handle your software and has antivirus software such as Norton.
  • Use a diary and keep it up to date. Preference is to use a digital diary and a digital to-do list on your smartphone and set reminders.
  • Turn all resources into a digital copy.
  • Organise your digital folders and sub folders and name files appropriately. Use an underscore between each word in a file name eg. Studybreak_2017.doc.
  • Back up! Use an external hard drive attached to your computer and back up to another external hard drive that you keep at a different location. Back up weekly.
  • Schedule in holidays and although your social life may have to be minimised, schedule on social events.
  • Buy second hand textbooks. There a few websites that offer this option.
  • Manage your finances. Check if there are any scholarships on offer.
  • Answer the assignment question and use Times New Roman, 12 unless specified.
  • Use appropriate referencing and write it as you go!
  • Sign up to tutorials and groups early.
  • Read assignment feedback
  • Use email etiquette when emailing any staff member.
  • Contribute to online discussions even if  it’s only once- trust me!
  • Follow netiquette when doing online group work.
  • Do your own work. Getting caught for plagiarism isn’t worth it.
  • Use your student card for discounts.
  • Learn to say no. Be clear to others when you have planned to study.
  • Assignment extensions are only if absolutely necessary. Organising yourself is easier than requesting an extension.
  • Don’t leave assignments to the last minute. The stress isn’t worth it and I don’t believe anyone who has ever said ‘I only need to write one draft last minute and I pass’.
  • Break your course down into chunks and work out what you need to do each week and just do that.
  • Just write even if you don’t feel like it. Even if,you sit down and work out the structure of an assignment- it’s a starting point.
  • Take reading material with you. Eg. Appointments, road trips as a passenger.
  • Listen to lectures/podcasts in the car. Especially helpful for exams.
  • Keep healthy snack handy. Eg. Grapes, sultanas, popcorn.
  • Take regular breaks even if it’s just to make a cup of tea or hang out the washing. Have a stretch.
  • Mix up your study environment and go to cafe with free WiF8 (if you need it).
  • Learn to touch type if you can’t already.
  • Have your own stationery including highlighters.
  • Forward your uni email to your everyday email account.
  • Study when you’re most productive-is that on the morning or are you a night owl? Implement better study habits.
  • Don’t let one not so great mark let you down. Read the feedback, learn from it and move on.
  • Remind yourself why you’re studying when you feel like giving up.
  • Surround yourself with positivity. Have a positive mindset.
  • Talk about your study even if people don’t know much about it. Talking about your study can increase your motivation to study. 
  • Set goals- short term  and long term- Personal and study goals. Daily, weekly and end of semester.
  • Reward yourself- small goas, small rewards. Big goals, bigger reward. 
  • Look after your mental health. 
  • Read a non- textbook each week too.
  • Exercise daily even if it’s just a walk. In the moe ing is the best to get your blood circulating and your mind stimulated.